Cornell du Preez

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Cornell du Preez
Full name Cornell Gerhard du Preez
Date of birth (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
School Framesby High School
University North West University
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position No.8 / Flanker
Youth clubs
Leopards, S.A. Academy
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
2011 NWU Pukke
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013– Edinburgh 49 60
correct as of 22 April 2015.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012–13 Eastern Province Kings 23 55
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2013 Kings 16 (15)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2011 South Africa U20 5 (5)

Cornell du Preez is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with Edinburgh Rugby.[1]

He was born in Port Elizabeth, but went to North West University in Potchefstroom, where he played in the Varsity Cup for NWU Pukke. He represented the Leopards in the Under-19 and Under-21 Provincial Championship competitions and was named in the Leopards squad for 2011, without making an appearance.

He was part of the South Africa Under-20s team that played at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[2]

He joined the Eastern Province Kings on 1 November 2011, where he signed a two-year deal. He was also named in the Kings squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

He was released during the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season to join Alan Solomons at Edinburgh Rugby for the 2013–14 season.[3]

Du Preez had a successful first season at Murrayfield, racking up 23 appearances and ultimately being named 'Newcomer of the Year'.[4] A serious leg injury sustained in October 2014 during a match against Newport Gwent Dragons saw Du Preez missing a substantial part of the 2014–15 season.[5]

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